One of my favorite ways to encourage kids to be creative is by collaborating with them on projects. A simple but rewarding way to do this is by embroidering their artwork onto fabric; making it a usable keepsake. In the past I've stitched my sons' artwork onto journals, t-shirts and even a birthday card pillow for Nana. The possibilities for this technique are endless, including incorporating it into your Halloween celebration!
This year, sweeten a Trick or Treat tote with scary sketches done by your little devils. Kiddos will feel proud displaying their talents, and parents will have a crafty record of darlings' doodles to save for years to come. Oh and if you've never embroidered before, no problem! This project requires only using one, easy stitch: the back stitch. Here's everything you'll need to know to make one of these boo-tiful bags yourself!
Paper & Pencil (for child's drawing)
Plain, Canvas Tote Bag
Assorted Colors, Embroidery Floss
Transfer Paper (found in art supply aisle at craft store)
Note: Be sure to buy light colored transfer paper if you're working with a dark, tote bag and dark paper for lighter versions.
"Fracking Stine" (aka Frankenstein) artwork by Tristan, age 7. Ghost artwork by Tanner, age 9.Project How-To
- Ask your child to draw a simple, picture of something Halloween-related. The less detailed the drawing, the easier it is to translate into an embroidered image.
Back Stitch Tutorial
- Lay transfer paper, face down on tote bag. Lay drawing, face up on top of transfer paper. Using a pencil, stylus or anything pointy (a knitting needle, works great), firmly trace over drawing. Image should now be transferred onto tote bag front.
- Place tote bag front in embroidery hoop. Back stitch over transferred image outline.
Psst! Got older kids? Have them do the embroidery themselves!
Step 1: Knot embroidery thread end. Starting from the backside of the piece, come up through fabric at Point A (just pick a starting point on the outline).
Step 2: Come back down with your needle at Point B (about 1/8" from Point A--stitches do not need to be exact); pull thread through. Your first stitch is now complete!
Step 3: Come up through the back at Point C; pull thread through. Your second stitch is now complete!
Repeat Step 3, coming up through the fabric about 1/8" from the stitch before, until design is finished. Knot end. Snip thread.
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